Driver charged in NC teen’s death scheduled to appear in court

Matthew Schmieder photo from WSPA.

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (WSPA) – A man facing charges in the death of a high school senior in a car crash is scheduled to be in court.

Last month a grand jury indicted Matthew Schmieder on second-degree murder charge for the death of 17-year-old Derek Miller on December 23, 2016.

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The N.C. State Highway Patrol says Schmieder was trying to pass several cars in his BMW when he hit Miller’s pickup truck, killing the teen in a head-on collision.

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Miller was a senior at East Henderson High School.

Early estimates were that Schmeider was going between 50 and 60 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone, the N.C. Highway Patrol says.

Officials said they believe alcohol and drugs may have played a role in the crash, on Schmeider’s part.

Troopers say Schmeider suffered severe injuries.

Schmieder’s license was suspended for a series of accidents and speeding tickets, according to officials.

Schmier is jailed on a $200,000 bond.

— CBS North Carolina and The Associated Press contributed to this report

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